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Hey all

I want to make my own cables for my PSU. This is best done with 18 gauge wire, but I'm not sure what kind of wire this is, what sort of wire it has to ge (copper, ...), does the wire need to be stranded.. But more important: Where can I buy this cable? (BTW, I live in Belgium).

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hardware store would have it.
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hardware store would have it.

But will any random wire do? Doesn't it have to be a special cable? I don't want to mess up my PSU, or have less efficiency because I picked the wrong wire.
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Btw, does it need to be copper wire? Or what do I need
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The metric equivalent of 18AWG is 24/0.2 (0.75mm2) copper wire. It doesn't have to be tinned. Often stocked by Farnells.
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The metric equivalent of 18AWG is 24/0.2 (0.75mm2) copper wire. It doesn't have to be tinned. Often stocked by Farnells.

Oh, is it? On a Belgium site that I found (and on wikipedia) they say 18 gauge is 1mm². 0.75mm² is 20 gauge. It this universal? Or is it different in every country.
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It shows 24/0.2 as the equivalent here. It's also what Nils at MDPC-X recommends and I've had no problems using it.
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post #8 of 19
As long as it's the proper gauge any kind of wire would do. As long as you use copper (the vast majority use copper) there should be nothing to worry about.
Is this for the power cables going to the motherboard and peripherals or is this for the inside of the power supply?
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post #9 of 19
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As long as it's the proper gauge any kind of wire would do. As long as you use copper (the vast majority use copper) there should be nothing to worry about.
Is this for the power cables going to the motherboard and peripherals or is this for the inside of the power supply?

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It shows 24/0.2 as the equivalent here. It's also what Nils at MDPC-X recommends and I've had no problems using it.

Ah, I see the misunderstanding. You're talking about the area (mm²). I was talking about the diameter, in mm, thought the website that sells the wire also ment area wink.gif
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